Donna Sue Groves

Donna Sue Groves launched the Ohio Quilt Barn Project in 2001. She was formerly the Southern Ohio field coordinator for Ohio’s Appalachian Arts Initiative and the Southern Ohio field representative for the Ohio Arts Council. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2010 Ohio Governor’s Award for the Arts in Community Development and Partnerships.

Listed in: Memoir · Art · Textile Arts · American Studies · Ohio and Regional · Travel




The follow-up to 2012’s Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement brings readers along with Suzi Parron, her new husband, Glen, their dog Gracie, and their converted van Ruby as they leave the stationary life behind. With no permanent home, Suzi and Glen follow the barn quilt trail full time as Suzi collects the stories behind these painted quilt squares that, since the movement began in Ohio in 2001, have appeared on barns in forty-eight states and in two provinces.

“Barn quilts are rural gifts, a bright spot along America's highways and byways. As a quilter myself, the simple sight of a barn quilt has often made my heart smile. We recognize the blocks, they speak to us without words. This book captures everything I love about barn quilts with beautiful photos and captivating details. Where will you spy your next barn quilt?”

Bonnie K. Hunter, Quiltville.com




Silver Medalist in ForeWord’s Book of the Year Awards competition, Crafts & Hobbies category

With more than eighty full-color photographs, Parron documents a movement that combines rural economic development with an American folk art phenomenon.

“Barn quilts are America, Mom, and apple pie. If a long, long driving trip to is not in your near future to view all these wonderful, creative, sometimes-eccentric works of art, pick up this book. It’s current events and living history, educational, fun, and—most of all—inspiring.”

Seminole Sampler